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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 – Wailers Family Stories!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I just have time to share 3 Wailers Family Tree stories:

Why Jamaicans called Peter Tosh – Peter Touch (1); 1 min. 46

Aesop’s fable about the craven choke puppy (2); 26 sec.

Haile Selassie’s speech to the United Nations, in Amharic, chanting down war (3); 32 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 annotated playlist: 36 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Cimarons – Reggae Time; In Time (Trojan) ’75 UK vinyl

<Cimarons in Jamaica; 29 sec.>

  • Studio One Band – A Gal Dem a Lie; Jucks Dub vol. 2 (Studio One) ’77 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Eclipse – Let Jah Be the One; Corrupted Society (Bristol Reggae Archive) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Downpressor; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Barry Brown – Give Thanks; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Charley Ace – Country Boy; Impact! (Soul Jazz) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’75 herb tune
  • Don Carlos – Here I Come; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC

Set 2:

  • Lloyd Parks & Hugh Brown – Into the Night; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ’81 Benny Mardones pop cover
  • Lucky Dube – War and Crime; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Elen Melgarejo – Lose to Find; Temple of I & I (ESL)
  • Gladiators – Pocket Money; 12″ (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Burning Spear – Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Gregory Isaacs – How Long (Extended); Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Everybody Ballin’; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat) ’76 roots dawta

Set 4:

  • Smashmouth – Virgin Girl; Half Baked soundtrack (MCA) ’97 Eek a Mouse/herbal cover
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Ruts DC – Weakheart (Rob Smith rmx); King Size Dub (Echo Beach) punk dub rmx
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub: Commandments of Dub Chapter 9 (Jah Shaka) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pluto – I Shot the Sheriff; Ramgoat (Wild Flower) ’74 JA Bob Marley cover
  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone UK ska picture sleeve
  • Mikey Dread – Barber Saloon; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Herb; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. herb tune
  • Casselberry & DuPree – War; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jahwaukee; Bob Marley cover/Haile Selassie UN speech
folk reggae dawta duo covers Bob Marley/Haile Selassie

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Hoot Nanny Hoot (Studio One) ’65 ska take: Wailers Family Tree Set
  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 The Ritz: NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Craven Choke Puppy; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for 50 years
  • Haile Selassie I, Bob Marley & Buffalo Bill; War/Selassie Is the Chapel; 12″ (Human Race) Selassie speech to UN
  • King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy***End of Set 6

Set 7: Mutant Dub Roots Dawtas

  • Morcheeba feat. Skye Edwards – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96: Mutant Dub Roots Dawta set
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Dub of Nations; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Sonia Pensar & Ital Lion – Sapno Mei; Jonah Dan: Spirit of the Ancients (Inner Sanctuary) 2004
  • Afro Mystic – The Odyssey; Morphology (OM) 2003
  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson – Daydreaming; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91
  • Natacha Atlas – Amulet; Halim (Nation) ’97 Belgian/Arabic/Sephardic chanteuse

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

<New broom sweeps clean, old broom knows the corners!>

Early spring 1988,  my roommate and I were in the Pie Pizzeria near the Univ. of Utah campus. They were listening to the local community radio station, KRCL. I had discovered its Saturday afternoon Reggae program called Smile Jamaica about a year previous. KRCL were looking for new volunteers to train for graveyard shift shows.

My roommate, also a music fanatic, wanted to do a mid 80s college show. I was interested in Reggae. They had enough rock programmers but wanted someone to do a late night program that could mix up Reggae with Ska and World.

I started training late spring and was granted a show that debuted just before the 4th of July 1988: 3 o’clock Roadblock – named for the Bob Marley song because the show aired from 3am-6am late Sunday night/early Monday morning.

includes 3 o’clock Roadblock

I learned how to juggle tunes for a radio audience for probably a couple hundred graveyard shift workers, night owls and insomniacs.

Black Uhuru was the group that got me into Reggae music. I loved them: Michael Rose, Puma Jones (dawta) and Ducky Simpson (dread.) Their album, Anthem (the first Reggae Grammy award) was a booming 80’s synth from Sly & Robbie meshed with heartical roots and dread anthems.

I had met a guy in the U of U dorms, Neil Copperman. Jewish kid from Baltimore who had all these new compact disks on a massive hi fi with Bose speakers. I had been an early adopter of the round aluminum disks, (and I also favored Bose 301’s),  when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, Montana; Fall Semester 1986. So we would trade disks and listen to each other’s selections.

The dorms were concrete bunkers and the drum and bass from Sly & Robbie ricocheted around the room.  I was hooked on Reggae from that moment forward. I had a few Marley’s, Tosh’s, Toot’s & Cliff’s. None of them made the instant impact Black Uhuru did.

From late June 1988-Aug. 1989 when I quit the late night, I would always start each edition of 3 o’clock Roadblock with a Black Uhuru tune.

<Anthem lit the fuse; 66 sec.>

I was only off air for about 2 months. In Oct. 1989, my mentor Rutabaga Reese offered to have me split Smile Jamaica with him. And that lead to my Saturday adventure of almost 30 years.

In between I have been a part of the digital media transition and this podcast was created before there was even a word for it. I knew that radio was gonna go internationally online.

<Smile Jamaica pre-podcasting “podcast”; 23 sec.>

But that’s a story I will continue Oct. 2019 – when, Jah wiling, I get my 30 year badge.

Humans of the U: Robert Nelson

So enjoy this possible recreation of the very first 3 hours of Reggae Radio from I ‘n’ I. CDs on this podcast. In a month, I will do the same for vinyl.

Thanks for listening from day 1 or 31 years fresh.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 56 sec.

Set 1: 1972-1976

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’83 Best of 31 Years of Reggae Radio
  • Augustus Pablo – Unity Dub; Africa Must Be Free by 1983 Dub (Rockers) ’83 YS US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ’72

<The Harder They Come and Reggae in US/UK; 74 sec.>

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73 US w/ guitar and piano overdubs

<Catch a Fire and Reggae in the US/UK; 65 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76

Set 2: 1976

  • The Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 soul producer, Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailer cover
  • Max Romeo – One Step Forward; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark riddim shower (1) – vox
  • Prince Jazzbo – Ital Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Black Ark riddim shower (2): deejay

<Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio>

Set 3: 1976-1977

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob prod’n/Perry mix/Wailers on the riddims/Wailers cover

<Martha Velez; 38 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Black Ark prod’n
  • The Revolutionaries – Dawn Creation; Phase  One Dub Wise volume 2 (Phase One) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 4: 1977

  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77

<When the 2 7’s clashed; 72 sec.>

  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’77

Set 5: 1978-1979

  • I Roy – Tiddle Le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ’78 feat. Steve Winwood on organ
  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ’78 female dj duo
  • Dennis Brown – Love Jah; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79

Set 6: 1979

  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – Bit By Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’79
  • Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group w/ female harmonies
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie)
  • Sugar Minott & Soul Syndicate – Walking Through the Ghetto; Ghetto-ology + Dub (Easy Star) ’79
  • Roots Radics – Rockers Almighty Dub; Rockers Almighty Dub (Clocktower) Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 7: 1979-1980

  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’79
  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths and Rights (Studio One) ’79
  • Earl Zero – I No Lie; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’80 comp.
New broom sweeps clean. Old broom knows the corners!

Set 8: 1980-1981

  • Ken Booth (sic) & the Iranian Students – Peace Time/Khomeni Skank; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux/Clappers) ’80
  • Sister Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Flo & Eddie – Rock With Me; Rock Steady With Flo & Eddie (Epiphany) ’81 of the Turtles; Melodians cover
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NY rock artist w/ dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – The Good Son!

The Healing of the Nation

Greetings,

<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>

As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.

My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona

Christmas 2017 in the homeland

My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.

<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>

Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree

  1. pain relief pills
  2. topical CBD ointment
  3. pain patch

Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.

Better than Walgreens or CVS

Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.

And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”.  Oh. Ok.

Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.

Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!

Me: Cheech & Chong!

Sis: 

Me: 

I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.

Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”

And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.

A little dab will do ya!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.

Set 1:

  • Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour 
  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
  • Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<400 Years  – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977

<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums

<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>

  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
  • King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
  • Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson – The group that got me into Reggae

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!)  ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
  • The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
  • Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Ska praise to neoliberal hitman, James Bond

Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years

  • Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
You’ve got dub in my proto-punk rock

Set 7:

  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash 
  • Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76 
  • Sis Aesha (sic)  & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup)  2001 UK
8 down, 42 to go!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation)  2001 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI)  2000 Jah-pon
  • Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Endless Summer of Roots Reggae!

 

Dem a roots, dem a branches. I & I Natty Roots – Bob Marley

Greetings,

Took Labor day weekend off on Terrestrial radio but labored (inna labour of love) in my new Ark-Ives culling the best Roots Reggae selections without objection.

Cooked everything up in my Secret Dubratory. Couples week back we ended summer with 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Post Labor Day bookends with 3 hours of my favorite Roots Reggae.

Alpha & Omega!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah & the Wailers – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream + Dreaming Dub; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy inna Rub-a-Dub-Style (Original) ‘79
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘75
  • Black Roots – Spare the Rod; All Day All Night (Nubian) UK ‘87
Stop de War pon North Korea

30-60 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; African Herbsman (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Black Slate – Amigo; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising (For Youths of Azania) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Capital Letters – Vinyard; Vinyard (Greensleeves) ’82 UK youth group
  • David Lindley – She Took Off My Romeos; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’82 Rockers does Reggae
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79
Saw him at The Zephyr, Salt Lake City – 1988. Bought this album the next day!

60 – 90 min.

  • Culture – Weeping; Production Something (Heartbeat) 70’s extended mix
  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Police cover: Montego Bay Aug. ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Cymande – Fug; Cymande (Sequel) ’71 UK soul/reggae/jazz
  • Don Carlos – Zion Train; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
Sister of Hendrix conga player Jerry Velez. Produced by Bob Marley. Mixed by Lee Perry. Wailers on the riddims. Bob covers

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Share the Wealth; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Lijadu Sisters – Bobby; Danger (Knitting Factory) ’76 Nigerian sisters do Reggae
  • Jacob “Killer” Miller – Take a Lift; Mix Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80 herbtune
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack)  ’75
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72
Killer African Reggae jam

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • Chris HInze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Bamboo Reggae (Keyton) ’83 Dutch flautist in JA
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 Adrian Sherwood update
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88

2 and 1/2  – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglaan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Matumbi – Guide Us Jah; Empire Road (EMI) ‘78
  • Max Edwards – Rockers Arena; Rockers Arena (Epiphany) ‘82
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Break Down the Walls; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Peter Broggs – No Ism Pon de Riddim; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
Just say no to World War III

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate (Stream + Tracklist): Best of 29 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

July 2, 1988 was when I ‘n’ I debuted at 3AM on a hot summer night late Sunday/early Monday on radio station KRCL. The name of the show was 3 o’clock Roadblock named after the Bob Marley song.

That started a 3 decade journey of 29 years of Reggae Radio. After a year or so I moved from early morning graveyard shift to the big show: Smile Jamaica. 

Saturdays 1-4 PM in 1989-1990 and then moved back to 4pm. Planted my flag and never left.

If I figure I average about 45 shows a year (with time away for cratedigging on the weekends). That amounts to 1305 + shows. Almost 4000 hours of Reggae.

I celebrated with all vinyl a couple weeks back. Took last Saturday off and cooked up a CD best of 29 years in my Secret Dubratory.

Thanks for the musical memories!

bless, robt

If I remember correctly: Black Uhuru’s What Is Life was the first song I played on Reggae Radio: 3AM July 2, 1088

0-30 min.

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 2 (CSA) ’88 UK
  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Brainwashing; African Herbsman (Trojan)  ’71 nursery rhyme
  • Peter Tosh – Recruiting Soldiers; Mystic Man (EMI America) ‘79
  • Bunny Wailer – Cool & Deadly; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where Were You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubblin; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Dis Policeman Keeps on Kickin’ Me to Death; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet 
“Inna my house, there’s a picture on the wall. Rastafari sit upon his throne.”

30-60 min.

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Judah Dub; Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub a Dub Style (Original) ‘79
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s Mom tribute to Bob
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Bit by Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘74
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Black Uhuru – Eye Market; Chill Out (Mango)  ’82 

60 min – 90 min

  • Burning Spear – Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’86
  • Creation Rebel – Chatti Chatti Mouth; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81  Mutant Dub
  • Cymande – Brothers on the Side; Cymane (Sequel) ’74 Cymande = dove of peace. UK crossover group
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan)  ’72 Paul Revere and the Raiders cover – Indian Reservation  cover
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock (Wackies)  ’83 female duo on Rita Marley herbtune 
Cymande – Dove of Peace: UK diaspora of rock, soul, reggae, jazz

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • David Lindley – Quarter of a Man; El Rayo-X (Elektra)
  • Dennis Brown – So Jah Say; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry; War ina Babylon (Mango) ‘76
  • Martha Velez & the Wailers – Bend Down Low (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
  • Dillinger – Mickey Mouse Crab Louse; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84 
Saw David Lindley at the Zephyr (SLC) Summer ’87. Bought this album the next day

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson & Dennis Bovell – Miami Beach;  Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 single
  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ‘75
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (Jah Rubbaal) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sad to Know (You’re Leaving); Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK soul does reggae
  • Phyllis Dillon – Midnight Confession; Midnight Confession (Treasure Isle) ’68 Grass Roots cover
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78
Got this album for Christmas 1978. Thanks Mom!

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Ini Kamoze – Trouble You, Trouble Me; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Jacob Miller – A Chapter a Day; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ‘80
  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 Troggs re-work
  • Jah Wobble – Dreadlock Don’t Deal in Wedlock; The Legend Lives On (Virgin) ‘80
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldheads + Academy Award Version; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 update of group’s Version Girl

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 10, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) Roswell 70th Anniversary Preview!

Giorgio Tsoukalos – The Bob Marley of Ancient Aliens, Friday Nights

<Roswell alien autopsy. My brother in law talked to a guy who knew the coroner who provided the coffins for the alien crash victims; 57 sec.>

Dateline: Roswell, New Mexico – July 4, 1947. In a small farming community a UFO crashed. Called a Flying Saucer.

Of course, the military claimed otherwise: It was a weather balloon. Fake News before its time.

My brother in law sells high tech pipe in New Mexico. One a sales call in Roswell he was told:

The coroner was asked by the Military to provide 3 child size coffins. You don’t need coffins for a weather balloon.

Smile Jamaica’s preview to our second annual UFOria 3 hour special coming up : July 8th – the 70th Anniversary of the crash.

Look to the skies and do not scoff!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Playlist: June 10, 2017: soundbytes, photos, captions and Reggae History Lessons; 62 sec.

62 sec.

Set 1:

  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas – Sweet Reggae Music; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • King Tubby & Friends – Blackman’s Dub; Dub Album of the Hour
  • Misty in Roots – Peace & Love; Chronicles (Kaz’s) ’94 UK best of
  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Black Uhuru – Great Train Robbery; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’86 comp. Junior Reid on the vox
  • The Tamlins – Irie Collie; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 Fr. 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

<Exodus Riddim Shower; 43 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love/People Get Ready; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77: riddim shower (1): vox
  • I Roy – Commandment V (One Love/People Get Ready); Ten Commandments (Virgin) riddim shower (2): dj ’80 UK vinyl: yellow picture sleeve
  • Chalawa – One Love/People Get Ready Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) riddim shower (3): dub ’77 Can.
  • Bunny Wailer – Don Dadda; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<Bunny schools the Young Turks; 29 sec.>

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob Marley cover; Bob produced, Lee Perry mixed, Wailers on the riddims

<Broadway singer covers Bob without having to sleep with him; 32 sec.>

  • Cultural Roots – Worries Me a Yard; Running Back to Me (Mango) ‘88
  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (Wounded Bird) ’75 Joe Higgs cover
  • Don Carlos – Working Everyday; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Aston Family Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Collie Buddz – Come Around; Come Around (Sony) 2007 dubstep/dancehall herbtune
  • Devon Russell – We Are Darker Than Blue; Classic Reggae Hits (Time Music) ’91 Curtis Mayfield cover
  • Nicky Thomas – Let It Be; 70’s Hits Reggae Style (Castle) ’70 Beatles cover
  • Dave Barker – Sunshine Rock; Chapter 2 of Words (Trojan) ‘70
  • Super Chick – Me a Champion; 10” (Hitbound) ‘81

Set 5: Roots Dawta vinyl

  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago label
  • Imo & the Soul Syndicate – Past History; Past History (Yah Way) ’86 Mill Valley, CA
  • Rasta Generation Band feat. Miss Mack – Cracking Up; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 San Francisco
  • Sista Ruby – Making of a Supa Dupa; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK
  • Aisha – Daughters of Zion; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – Bumba Klaat; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) rare live take

<Bumbaklaat – the Jamaican curse word: 1 min. 42 sec.>

<Peter fights the duppy trying to kill him BUMBAKLAAAT; 32 sec.!>

  • Peter Broggs – Jah Is Mighty; Rejoice (RAS) ’97 Bob Marley cover
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 herbtune
  • Sister Africka – Wish I Well; 10” (Dub Jockey) ’93 UK
  • Jah Pelikaho – Mystic Cosmic Vibration; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 dub album of the hour: Jah-ponese dubbers w/ the Wailers

Set 7: UFO-ria set: 1 min.

  • Simaryp – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70 UK ska
  • Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdub; Relics (Harvest) ’71 best of

<Pink Floyd on Smile Jamaica? WTF?>

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Angel Gabriel & the Space Boots; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘91
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was An Alien (Because Music) 2012 Fr. Female singer
Before it was called fake news. This crash was explained away as swamp gas and a weather balloon.

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Laraaji and Audio Active – Space Visitors for Tea – That Lump on Your Head (Gyroscope) ’95: Jah-ponese dubbers
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Dubadelic – Operation Duppy Conqueror 2000 (Special Tactics); 2000 – a Bass Odyssey (WordSound) ’96 illbient
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Fight to Survive; Temple of I & I Sound (ESL) 2017 DC

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-bruary 27, 2016: Lamb of Judah

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Chunky air Jah-bruary goes out like the Lamb of Judah into Spring. Selah!

<Bad air Jah-bruary goes out like a lamb; 9 sec.>

Greetings,

After a brutal month of bad/chunky/polluted air in Salt Lake City, it was so nice to have 60 degrees for the last Smile Jamaica of winter (Praise Jah!).

I have lived in SLC for coming up on 30 years. Seems like  each winter the Inversion Galore gets worse and worse.

Really vexes me when the weather man talks about “inversion” or “haze”. Yeah, bullflop – it’s smog and pollution.

Thankfully, I don’t have respiratory problems,  but even I got hit with a mild dose of bronchitis this month.

Smile Jamaica’s bronchial cure: Allegra-D in the morning, Mucinex at Noon, Flonase whiff before bedtime. As much water as I can slug down.

One thing about Spring: Hay fever. But at least the mornings are lighter and I get to go home in daylight.

Forward ever, backwards never!

bless, robt

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2016 Smog Lake City

<High-lights for Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 27, 2016; 28 sec.>

Set 1:

  • Michael Prophet – Jah Love; Jah Love (Live & Learn) ’83 DC vinyl
  • I Kong – Life’s Road (dub); The Way It Is (VP) ’78: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ‘79
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Strictly For Rockers (Mango) ’85 comp.
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Gregory Isaacs – Slavemaster; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ‘78
  • The Observers – Zorro/Cutting Sword; 10” (PK) ’79 Niney instrumental
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Smile Jamaica’s favorite singer – Bim Sherman & the Lamb of Judah

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love/People Get Ready; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 Request

<Reggae History Lesson – Exodus: The LP & Bob’s journey; 22 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Power Strugglers; Crucial! (Shanachie) ’79
  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) 8/23/83 Live – Los Angeles
  • The Wailers – Bend Down Low; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) Oct. ’73 live at KSAN Radio, San Francisco

<The Wailers live on KSAN Radio; 13 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart – Holding You Close (Dub); In Dub (Echo Beach) 2014 Austrian; Dub Album of the Hour

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Sly Stone – kicked the Wailers of his tour as opening act, 1973

Set 3: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Joe Higgs – Songs My Enemy Sings; Life of Contradiction (Micron/Pressure Sounds) ’75
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Island) ’77: Wilson Pickett/Lee Dorsey soul cover; Perry/Black Ark/Upsetters
  • Mighty Diamonds – Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77: Allen Toussaint New Orleans cover of Robert Palmer tune
  • Aisha – Guide & Protect; Roots Daughters Vol. 1 (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Professor
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Smile Jamaica’s favorite – soulful Reggae

Set 4:

  • Black Roots – Earthland; On the Ground (Sugar Shack) 2012 UK roots reunion
  • Martha Velez – Money Man; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Marley prod’n/Perry engineered/Wailers riddims

<Martha Velez, sister of Hendrix percussionist at Woodstock: Jerry Velez; 20 sec.>

  • Horace Andy – Don’t Let Problems Get You Down; 10” (Glimmer) ‘77
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Marley produced. Scratch engineered. Wailers on the riddims

Set 5: Vinyl Is V-Ital 

  • Lillian Allen – Jazz You + This Ya Mumma Earth (Peace Poem); Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87: J’can dub poet
  • Basement 5 – Immigration; 1965-1980 (Island) ’80 UK punkdub – members went on to Big Audio Dynamite

<Punk Dub led to Big Audio Dynamite; 17 sec.>

  • Sugar Minott – Mass Mi Mass; Rydim (Power House) ’85 JA – George Phang prod’n
  • Augustus Pablo – Last of the Jestering; Thriller (Echo) ’80 melodica, Enos McLeod prod’n

Set 6:

  • Specials – Rude Boys Outa Jail; A Checkered Past: A 2 Tone Collection (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska revival
  • Dave Barker – Travelling Man; 30 Wicked Hearts (Bushay’s) Techniques cover
  • Audio Active – Auditory Nerve (Part 2); We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon dubbers/weedsteppers
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 herbtune
  • MIkey Dread – Dub Party; Come to Mikey Dread’s Dub Party (ROIR) ’95: Dub Album of the Hour
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Audio Active – Jah-ponese Mutant Dub Weednauts

Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Collie Ruler; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ’91 herbtune
  • Josey Wales – Let Go Me Hand; Outlaw Josey Wales (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Sister Rasheda – Jah Is Real; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006 UK militant steppers
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The Collie Ruler

Set 8: Mutant Dub Dawtas

<Mutant Dubstresses>

  • Orange Blossom feat. Leila Bennous – Desert Dub; Everything Must Change (Bonsai) 2004 Fr.: Mutant Dubstresses Set
  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2013 UK – dawta of Sex Pistol Paul Cook
  • Akabu – Sweet Inspiration; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female roots group
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Samia Farah – Yellow Tongue; The Mighty Upsetter (ON U Sound) 2008 UK

<Lee Perry’s intestinal whip>

  • Natacha Atlas feat. Tuupe & Princess Juliana – Eye of the Duck; Something Dangerous (Mantra) 2003 Belgian/Algerian-Jewish
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Mutant Dub with female vox in Arabic